Google invented a new way to teach kids how to code using blocks

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Project Blok

Children learn through playing and interacting with one another, with everything around them. Google is tapping into the natural ways children learn by making code physical — something they can touch and manipulate collectively rather than a string of code on a screen to be worked with in issolation.

Project Bloks, the initiative behind making physical code, is part of a research partnership between Google, a Stanford University professor and design firm Ideo, the search engine’s research arm announced in a blog post Monday.

So far, demonstrations include sending signals over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi from a string of assembled bloks to control the movement of a nearby toy robot or producing music. Here’s what it looks like:

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The "brain board", a Raspberry Pi Zero through which all signals travel, serves as the head of operations.

The "pucks" are the physical representations of a single piece of code.

The "pucks" communicate instructions such as "go forward", "turn left" or a direction to repeat the previous command, back to the "brain board."

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